Spring cleaning is a renewing part of the year for many people. It’s the time to declutter, deep clean the house, and get things in order for the season to come.
Unfortunately, tackling some of these long-awaited projects can lead to a great deal of stress as you try to rush through your list. What can you do to make your spring cleaning experience stress-free?
Here are a few tips to help you take some of the stress out of this experience.
1. Get Everyone Involved
If you are the only person working on spring cleaning, it can take forever. Why not get the whole family involved?
Assign children to simple chores like dusting the baseboards or going through the unwanted toys in their closets. While you may still need to offer some assistance depending on their ages, this is a great way to spread out the workload.
2. Spread Out the Work
In addition to enlisting the help of your entire family, plan to make spring cleaning last for more than just one stressful weekend. Create a schedule that takes you through the entire house over two or three weeks.
This approach allows you to do other fun activities around your spring cleaning and ensures that you won’t lose steam when it comes time to declutter and clean.
3. Start Small
Try not to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of tackling the entire house all at one time. Instead, set smaller and more achievable goals. Focus on smaller rooms, junk drawers, or that overflowing hall closet first. This strategy will give you a quick and easy win that will motivate you to keep going.
4. Make a List
It’s easy to get sidetracked by secondary tasks when you try to tackle your spring cleaning. Make lists of what you hope to accomplish by the time you are finished. You can break down each of those goals into manageable chunks. This structure allows you to see the full scope of what needs to be done.
5. Be Realistic About Goals
Spring cleaning may tempt you to set audacious goals initially, but try to be realistic about what you can do on your own or in your allotted time frame.
If the basement needs to be deep cleaned and decluttered, it might take you more than a single weekend. Evaluate whether your goals and timelines are realistic to prevent frustration later on.
6. Try to Have Fun
Not many people look forward to the prospect of spring cleaning, but you can do your best to set the stage to have a good time. Open the windows to get fresh air circulating in the house, turn on your favorite party music, and nourish yourself with your favorite snacks as a reward for a job well done.
There’s no reason you can’t have a little fun while trying to get your house back into order.
Don’t Delay Your Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning resets your home for the rest of the year, so try not to delay getting started as the weather turns nicer. These tips should help you take the first steps toward a successful spring cleaning this year! Need money for a remodel project? See if accessing equity from your home could work!